Arunachal Bypoll: Khonsa West records 89% voters’ turnout

Arunachal Bypoll: Khonsa West records 89% voters’ turnout

ITANAGAR | Oct 21, 2019:

Khonsa West Assembly bypoll in Arunachal Pradesh recorded a voters' turnout of 89 percent with over 10,000 voters exercising their franchise on October 21 amidst tight security, election officials here said.

Though voting was moderate in the morning hours, it gained momentum as the day progressed, joint Chief Electoral Officer D J Bhattacharjee said.

The polling was absolutely peaceful amid tight security measures without any report of untoward incidents from the constituency which witnessed a straight contest between two independent candidates – Chakat Aboh and Azet Hamtok.

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Chakat Aboh, the wife of NPP leader Tirong Aboh who was shot dead in May, has been unanimously fielded by five major political parties, including the ruling BJP in the state.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Tirong Aboh, who was declared elected from Khonsa West seat as a candidate of the National Peoples Party (NPP) two days after his death.

Aboh, his son and nine others were shot dead by suspected NSCN militants at 12 Mile area in Tirap district on May 21.

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